Unlike tobacco products, e-cigarettes arent regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2009, the FDA warned consumers about potential health risks after analyzing nicotine cartridges from two leading brands. One sample was found to contain diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze.
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Electronic Cigarettes — Let’s Think Before We Inhale
While this seems obvious, there is not enough evidence to prove that these products have no second-hand effects. It is possible that there may be therapeutic value to a vaporized nicotine product for the purpose of tobacco use cessation and we should certainly explore this possibility. But, to make this decision, specific products must be reviewed and evaluated by the FDA through established processes demonstrating safety and efficacy before bringing them to market. Today one in six Americans already have the disease of addiction — that’s more than the number with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Another 80 million engage in substance use in ways that threaten health and safety.
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Health officials worry about electronic cigarette push in Colorado
But Walton and others are concerned that advertising, and the tasty-sounding flavors, will directly appeal to young people. “We would love to see the FDA look into this, especially with some of the larger tobacco companies really taking an interest in these products now,” Walton said. But some vendors who sell e-cigarettes say that they promote the product as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and a way to wean people off of tobacco products. Within three days of last summer’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado-based e-cigarette company, VeppoCig.com, offered free trial kits to anyone who had been at the theater and was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. “Above all, we are a company that cares for the health of our customers.
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